A silent, romantic comedy written, directed and starring Charlie Chaplin. The story follows the misadventures of Chaplin’s tramp as he falls in love with a blind girl and develops a turbulent friendship with an alcoholic millionaire.
Critics consider City Lights not only one of the highest accomplishments of Chaplin’s career, but one of the greatest films ever made. The critic James Agee referred to the final scene as the ‘greatest single piece of acting ever committed to celluloid’.
Though Chaplin resisted including dialogue in films for some years after the introduction of sound, nevertheless the advent of sound enabled him to compose music for City Lights and release the film in 1931 with a complete synchronised score to enhance the images.
No stranger to film music, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has a world-wide reputation performing some of the best soundtracks ever written.
By unique arrangement with Citi, tickets for the evening are subsidised.